Team

dr hab. Beata Surmacz

dr hab. Beata Surmacz

Director of ICE

Doctor with habilitation in political science. Professor at the Department of International Relations, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Research interests: Polish eastern policy, Polish-Ukrainian relations; contemporary diplomacy. Author of numerous scientific papers and books including: Modern Polish-Ukrainian Relations. Politological Analysis of the Good-Neighborliness Treaty, Lublin 2002, and The Evolution of Contemporary Diplomacy. Actors-Structures, Functions, Lublin 2015.

dr hab. Tomasz Stępniewski

dr hab. Tomasz Stępniewski

Deputy Director of ICE for Research and Analyses

Political scientist and legal scholar. Doctor with habilitation in political science. Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Affairs of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Between 2007 and 2016 Assistant Professor at the Institute of East-Central Europe in Lublin. Between 2010 and 2016, the Secretary of the Institute’s Scientific Council. Research interests:  international relations in East-Central Europe and in the CIS; Russia’s impact upon the situation of post-Soviet states; Polish and the EU Eastern policy. Author of several scientific papers, author and co-editor of numerous books.

Andrzej Deryło

Andrzej Deryło

Deputy Director of ICE for Administration and Finance

Department of the Balkans

dr hab. Konrad Pawłowski

dr hab. Konrad Pawłowski

Head, Department of the Balkans

Political scientist and legal scholar. Doctor with habilitation in political science. Assistant professor at the Department of International Relations, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Research interests: political history of South-East Europe, the role and significance of the Balkans in international relations, domestic and international disputes and conflicts in Southeast Europe, peace process in the former Yugoslavia, the foreign policy of the Balkan states and the evolution of international relations in Southeast Europe. Author of several scientific papers discussing the historical and contemporary matters of political, social, economic and cultural relations in Southeast Europe, as well as monographs: Kosovo. Conflict and Intervention, Lublin 2008; Serbian-Albanian Conflict in Kosovo between 1999 and 2014. Description, Determinants and Forms of Social Conflict, Lublin 2016; Kosovo’s Statehood. Genesis, Determinants, the Present, Lublin 2018.

konrad.pawlowski@ies.lublin.pl

dr hab. Agata Domachowska

dr hab. Agata Domachowska

Senior Analyst, Department of the Balkans

An associate professor (dr hab.) at the Faculty of Humanities (Nicolaus Copernicus University, NCU). The recipient of numerous scholarships and grants including a Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, the 2015 ASEEES Davis Travel Grant, Polish Ministry of Education, Ministry of Education and Culture in Croatia; conducted research at the University of Pittsburgh, George Washington University and the Humboldt University of Berlin as well as in archives and libraries in Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Croatia. She also did an internship at the European Parliament and a training stay at the Polish Embassy in Tirana (Albania). Member of The Laboratory for the Study of Collective Memory in Post-communist Europe (Postcomer) and the Polish Commission of Balkan Culture and History. Her research focuses on identity and historical narratives, nation-building and the politics of memory in the Western Balkans, Balkan diasporas, politics of Western Balkan states.

agata.domachowska@ies.lublin.pl

Jan Muś, PhD

Jan Muś, PhD

Senior Analyst, Department of the Balkans

Doctor in jurisprudence, political scientist, expert in the field of international relations, permanent court mediator. Graduate of the Faculty of Law at the Lazarski University, University of Aberdeen (LLM, European and international law) and Maastricht University (PhD, constitutional law). His work experience encompasses the academia, public administration, research institutions, and the private sector. Author of several publications devoted to Southeast Europe. Research interests: modern international and economic relations in the Balkans.

Department of the Baltics

dr Aleksandra Kuczyńska-Zonik

dr Aleksandra Kuczyńska-Zonik

Head, Department of the Baltics

Doctor in political science, doctor in humanities in the field of archeology. Between 2015 and 2018, Assistant Professor at the Institute of East-Central Europe in Lublin. Laureate of the Mobility Plus program. Between 2016 and 2017conducted research project at Vilnius University. Research interests: politics and security in East-Central Europe and post-Soviet space, the Baltic states, Russian minority, Soviet heritage. Author of several scientific publications.

kuczynska.zonik@ies.lublin.pl

dr Damian Szacawa

dr Damian Szacawa

Senior Analyst, Department of the Baltics

Doctor in political science, Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Vice-president of European Studies of the Polish Association for International Studies, and a member of European International Studies Association (EISA), Polish Association for European Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Research Group for the Study of Nordic-Baltic Europe and the Arctic. Author and co-author of several scientific publications on  international cooperation, international organizations and international security, with special focus upon the Baltic Sea region and East-Central Europe.

damian.szacawa@ies.lublin.pl

Marlena Gołębiowska

Marlena Gołębiowska

Analyst, Department of the Baltics

Economist and Political Scientist. PhD student at the Faculty of Economics, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Academic lecturer at the Institute of Economics and Finance of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Research interests: macroeconomy, the impact of new technologies on the economy, digital transformation, innovation. Author of academic papers devoted to the economies of Central and Eastern European countries.

marlena.golebiowska@ies.lublin.pl

dr Michał Paszkowski

dr Michał Paszkowski

Senior Analyst, Department of the Baltics

Doctor of Political Science. Graduate of the Faculty of Political Science at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (PhD) and AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow (postgraduate studies). His work experience includes work in public administration as well as in an oil&gas company. His research interests focus on energy security issues in Central and Eastern Europe, energy policy, political thought and political parties in Poland. Author of several publications on energy security as well as expertise on the crude oil and liquid fuels market.

michal.paszkowski@ies.lublin.pl

Department of Eastern Europe

dr Jakub Olchowski

dr Jakub Olchowski

Head, Department of Eastern Europe

Doctor in political science. Assistant Professor at the Department of International Security of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Long-term cooperation experience with NGOs and media, expert at the Center of Eastern Europe of Maria Curie Skłodowska University. Author and co-author of several dozen scientific publications and several hundred press articles. Participant and coordinator of projects delivered in cooperation with universities in Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia and Ukraine. In research focuses on international organizations, evolution of international security, and ethnic relations and cultural identity, especially in East and Central Europe.

jakub.olchowski@ies.lublin.pl

dr Hanna Bazhenova

dr Hanna Bazhenova

Senior Analyst, Department of Eastern Europe

Historian and juridical scholar. Doctor of History in the field of general history (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv) and Doctor of Humanities in the field of history (The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin). From 2013–2018, Assistant Professor at the Institute of East-Central Europe in Lublin. Participant in many international conferences and seminars. Scholarship programs: Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto), Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and Institut d’études slaves in Paris. Research interests: the domestic and foreign policy and the political system of Ukraine; politics of history and politics of memory in Russia and Ukraine; history of Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Author of numerous publications, including Russian and Polish editions of monograph Historians of the Warsaw Imperial University 1869-1915: Education, Science and Politics, Lublin 2014 oraz Lublin 2016.

anna.bazhenova@ies.lublin.pl

dr Andrzej Szabaciuk

dr Andrzej Szabaciuk

Senior Analyst, Department of Eastern Europe

Historian and political scientist. PhD in humanities in the area of history (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University). Lecturer at the Department of Eastern Studies, Institute of Political Science and Public Administration, John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin. Intern at the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences (2013), and the Ukrainian Catholic University (2013). Visiting fellow at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA (2019). Research interests: international relations within the post-soviet area, security of the Eastern European region, migration, ethnic and religious policies, situation of national and religious minorities in the East and the role of the Catholic Church in the sociopolitical life of the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. andrzej.szabaciuk@ies.lublin.pl

Department of the Visegrad Group

dr Agata Tatarenko

dr Agata Tatarenko

Head, Department of the Visegrad Group

Historian and culture expert. Doctor in humanities in the field of history (the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin). Between 2015 and 2018, Assistant Professor at  the Institute of East-Central Europe. Research interests: memory studies, Culture of Remembrance in East-Central Europe, post-1939 history of Central Europe.  Author of a monograph on oral history Sharing memory. Theory and Practical Aspects of Oral History and several scientific papers.

agata.tatarenko@ies.lublin.pl

dr Dominik Héjj

dr Dominik Héjj

Senior Analyst, Department of the Visegrad Group

Political scientist specializing in Hungary-related issues. Doctor in political science. Faculty member at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw since 2013. Editor-in-chief of www.kropka.hu, a website devoted to Hungarian politics. Author of expert’s reports, scientific papers and pieces of journalism pertaining to  Hungary. Research interests: political and party systems, Hungarian political history and politics of memory.

dominik.hejj@ies.lublin.pl

Szczepan Czarnecki

Szczepan Czarnecki

Analyst, Department of the Visegrad Group

Graduate of Slavonic studies and sociology at Maria Curie Skłodowska University. Doctoral student in political science (Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin). Scholarship holder at universities in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and the Russian Federation. Research interests:  political transformation of countries in Central Europe, energy policies, issues of democratization and Europeanization of Central-European states.

szczepan.czarnecki@ies.lublin.pl

dr Łukasz Lewkowicz

dr Łukasz Lewkowicz

Senior Analyst, Department of the Visegrad Group

Political scientist. Doctor in political science. Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Thought, Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin. Research interests: modern Polish-Slovak relations, Slovakia’s foreign policy, domestic and foreign politics of the V4 states, cross-border cooperation in Central Europe, political communication, geopolitical thought. An intern at the Polish Embassy in Bratislava. In addition, he did research internships in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Lithuania. Author of  scientific papers and books, including an monograph Euroregions at the Polish-Slovak borderlandGenesis and functioning, Lublin 2013.

lukasz.lewkowicz@ies.lublin.pl

Accounts Office

Magdalena Jarosz

Magdalena Jarosz

Agata Domańska-Okoń

Agata Domańska-Okoń

Social Media & Publishing Team

Anna Paprocka

Anna Paprocka

Andrzej Koma

Andrzej Koma

Agnieszka Zajdel

Agnieszka Zajdel

Paweł Jarosz

Paweł Jarosz

Office

Agata Kojder

Agata Kojder